Rory worked for 12 years as a director of a workers’ co-operative before building his academic career at Sheffield Hallam University through a PhD study of co-operative social enterprises. He has been a faculty member since 2003 with a research focus on the development of democratic relations in informal and formal organisations. With a strong interest in the impact of workplace democracy on corporate governance, he has maintained a connection to practice through directorships with Social Enterprise International Ltd and FairShares Association Ltd. He is the academic lead for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and a new MBA in Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School.
Rory was appointed Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School in 2013 after six years as a Senior Lecturer. He now serves on the board of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Journal. He is one of four guest editors for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) that examines critical perspectives on social enterprise.
In 2015, he chaired a stream at the EMES Social Enterprise Conference (Social Enterprise Education) then became a faculty member providing feedback to doctoral students on the EMES Social Enterprise Doctoral Summer School. In 2016, he also (co-)chaired streams at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (Social, Ethical and Sustainable Enterprise) and International Social Innovation Research Conference (Social Co-operatives and the Solidarity Economy) .
In 2015, he coordinated Sheffield Business School’s first staff conference on PRME. In 2016, he organised the Engaging with Responsible and Ethical Management conference to highlight research and teaching materials available to support the PRME initiative.